US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Burma, becoming the first senior US official in more than 50 years to visit the country.
During the landmark visit, Mrs Clinton is scheduled to hold a meeting lasting several hours with Burma's president Thein Sein. She is also due to fly to Rangoon for her first meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel-prize winning democracy movement leader she has described as "an inspiration".
Speaking to reporters before her arrival, Clinton said,
"I am obviously looking to determine ... what is the intention of the current government with respect to continuing reforms.
We and many other nations are quite hopeful that these flickers of progress ... will be ignited into a movement for change that will benefit the people of the country."
The Kachin Independence Organisation, one of the largest armed ethnic opposition groups in Burma, welcomed the Secretary of State’s visit commenting,
"US can make Burma change towards democracy. The conflict has become serious and the need to solve it is urgent."
Some minorities have expressed fears that the visit could be exploited as legitimising the government, which was slowly began implementing reforms.
Alan Saw U, a community organiser from the Karen ethnic group in Rangoon, said he hoped Clinton would "focus on democratisation. We don't want her visit to be ... abused by the ruling authorities."
Genocidal acts have “undeniably” been carried out by the Sri Lankan over several decades, said the Tamil Naitonal Alliance (TNA) today in a press release responding to a proposed draft resolution aimed at calling on the international community to act against the Sri Lankan state genocide of Tamils.
“That acts specified in article 2 of the Genocide Convention of 1948 have undeniably been perpetrated on the Tamil people by functionaries of the Sri Lankan state over several decades,
Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church asked the government for clarification in regards to the presidential election in Januray announced this week, which has casted doubt on the visit to Sri Lanka by Pope Francis, according to AFP.
Sri Lanka's opposition party, the United National Party (UNP) blamed the government for the European Union's annulment of anti-terror measures against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) last week.
The Sri Lankan parliament passed the law banning the sale of land to foreign citizens, on Monday night, reports Reuters.
The Land Bill, will mean that foreigners will only be able to lease land for up to 99 years.
Sri Lanka welcomed Iran’s technical and engineering assistance and called for further cooperation between the two nations on Monday.
The two nations outlined plans to prioritise the expansion of bilateral ties in both of their future plans,
The mother of Suntharalingam Gajatheeban, also known as Theiveegan, who was killed by the Sri Lankan military in April, was prevented from leaving Sri Lanka on Tuesday, despite being in possession of a valid visa, the Daily Mirror reports.